Renovated in 2016, the economical Courtyard by Marriott Isla Verde Beach Resort has a modern, clean interior feel and caters well to families with an ice cream parlor and one of San Juan’s best beachfronts. Airplane noise can be noticeable (the San Juan airport is literally right across the street), there’s no on-site spa, the rooms are somewhat dull in terms of décor (and can be on the small side), and the fitness center is only decent; but the property offers five on-site restaurants (that’s well above average for a non-all-inclusive) with quality cuisine, a full on-site casino, a freeform pool with a swim-up bar, and a quiet beach with plenty of space plus palm trees and hammocks (the property next door is undeveloped, which enhances the tranquility). The rooms are of the standard hotel chain variety; they come with flat-screen TVs, desks, mini-fridges, coffee makers, and microwaves. All have balconies. Jet skiing is available in the immediate vicinity, and shops and restaurants are available within walking distance. There’s also a bus to Old San Juan that stops right outside the hotel.
As Puerto Rico is a commonwealth of the United States, the CDC COVID-19 testing requirement for U.S. travelers re-entering the U.S. from international destinations does not apply.